Interviews


Siamak Hariri

Siamak Hariri Hariri Pontarini Architects The challenges we faced were also our goals. First, the School of Pharmacy was created in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Its creation was part of a wider revitalization of the downtown… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge [&hellip

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Richard Olcott

Richard Olcott ENNEAD ARCHITECTS The biggest challenge was to create a unified architectural identity from what is a binary reality. An independent institution until its merger with Penn State in 2000, the Dickinson School of Law now operates as… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected [&hellip

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Todd Schliemann

Todd Schliemann ENNEAD ARCHITECTS Since Academic Building I is the first completed building of the College’s Master Plan, it was important to create opportunities for future campus growth while fulfilling the College’s current… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new [&hellip

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Gene Sandoval

Gene Sandoval ZGF Architects Academic learning centers for student athletes in general is an evolving building type, the main challenge in this building was composing a program which focused on the “life and challenges” of a student… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that [&hellip

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Gavin Henderson

Gavin Henderson Stanton Williams Architects We approached this project expecting many technical challenges – which of course there were – and one of the successes of the building is the way in which the technical… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have [&hellip

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Joseph G. Tattoni

Joseph G. Tattoni ikon.5 architect The most unexpected challenge in designing the Campus Commons at the State University of New York was the importance that social learning would play in the development and configuration… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced [&hellip

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James Richärd, James Richärd, Kelly Bauer & Stephen J. Kennedy

James Richärd, James Richärd, Kelly Bauer & Stephen J. Kennedy Richärd+Bauer Libraries are inherently tied to the transformation of informational systems which are changing at an exponential pace. From its earliest… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type of the most unexpected challenge that my have influenced new thought in [&hellip

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Richard Jensen

Richard Jensen will bruder + PARTNERS The design of Agave Library was shaped by a challenged site and a challenged budget. The site was left-over parcel between a strip retail development and a single… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced [&hellip

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Andreas Schuering

Andreas Schuering Zauberscho(e)n Required by the building owners was only the simple and unemotional claim of a book storage instead of an experience of space which the working and undisturbed learning in an inspiring… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced [&hellip

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Li xiaodong

Li xiaodong Li Xiaodong Atelier Budget, and short of resource in hand, as well as person who is willing to supervise… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought in your project? Budget, and short of resource in hand, as [&hellip

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Philip G. Freelon

Philip G. Freelon Freelon Architects In public sector work, it is often difficult to address the needs of a wide range of stakeholders. Doing so within a limited budget adds another layer of complexity. The residents… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may [&hellip

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Russell Mcfarland

Russell Mcfarland Austin McFarland Architects The greatest challenge for the project was realising the collective expectations of the school community and the project team within the extremely tight budget of less… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought in [&hellip

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Piers Gough

Piers Gough CZWG Architects LLP After some 40 years of practice, Canada Water Library is our first large public building. We were more than fortunate to be working with LB Southwark’s experienced and enthusiastic… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced [&hellip

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Peter D. Cook & Christiane DeJong

Peter D. Cook & Christiane DeJong Davis Brody Bond There have been significant recent changes to the role that library staff plays with the public. Today’s librarian, presently and even more so in the future, operates in far more… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected [&hellip

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Bill Odell

Bill Odell HOK International There were no real unexpected challenges but there were significant challenges. The schedule was of course a significant challenge. 28 months from design to opening means… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought in your [&hellip

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Aaron Schwarz

Aaron Schwarz Perkins Eastman Our design concept for the Chongqing Library competition was predicated on the notion that the sharing of knowledge and ideas are to be free and transparent. We also believed that this building… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may [&hellip

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Andreas Grøntvedt Gjertsen & Yashar Hanstad

Andreas Grøntvedt Gjertsen & Yashar Hanstad What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought in your project? It takes a long time to prepare for a building like this. In the case of the Safe Haven Library we had to [&hellip

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Ruth Baleiko & Craig Curtis

Ruth Baleiko & Craig Curtis The Miller Hull Partnership Convincing a client who had worked out of a split level two story library for forty years that we could make a six story solution easy to operate and navigate was one of… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or [&hellip

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Marc Jay and Julie Schmidt Nielsen

Marc Jay and Julie Schmidt Nielsen WE architecture In this project, the client had a fix wish of incorporating the whole shop space into the window display. Additionally, we wanted to create a space that would be eye-catching from the street… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the [&hellip

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James Slade and Hayes Slade

James Slade and Hayes Slade Slade Architecture Converging the design quickly enough to meet the schedule while collaborating effectively with the client was the biggest challenge. This challenge was particularly onerous as the… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new [&hellip

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Gilles Saucier

Gilles Saucier Saucier + Perrotte architects For the Michel Brisson_ Boutique, the most challenging issue — but also the most rewarding — was bringing the building back to its original structure, where we discovered more than just its bones… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected [&hellip

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Yoshihito Kashiwagi and Olivia Shih

Yoshihito Kashiwagi and Olivia Shih Facet Studio We found to design a space which delays the “speed of consumption” in design style something challenging in retail design. There is certain transience, fashion, and catchiness required of retail… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that [&hellip

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Roberto de Leon and Ross Primmer

Roberto de Leon and Ross Primmer De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop Two challenges influenced the project: 1) A 5 month time line to go from concept to end of construction in order to open for a major public event… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most [&hellip

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Robert Miller and Christian Evans

Robert Miller and Christian Evans Bohlin Cywinski Jackson We were intrigued by the building’s prominent location in the Shanghai’s shopping district and were asked to transform the site into a single, clear identity for Uniqlo. The existing building provided a significant… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the [&hellip

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Manuel Clavel Rojo

Manuel Clavel Rojo Clavel Arquitectos Speed of construction was the main challenge of the project. Particulary the design of the furnishing system required a lot of efforts, to reach an efficient and easy construction. We improved the tools that allow us to be… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type [&hellip

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Miquel Subiras & Miquel Merce

Miquel Subiras & Miquel Merce

Miquel Subiras & Miquel Merce Miquel Merce Architect + MSB Workshop Office Every project with kids as primary user is always challenging, not only for the scale but also to make the spaces also suitable for fathers, with a calmed and controlled environment. The… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building [&hellip

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William Russell

William Russell

William Russell Pentagram The most difficult issue about working with this building was the integration of the sculpture. On this project I operated as lead designer in collaboration with McQueen himself and… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought [&hellip

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Lalita Tharani & Mujib Ahmed

Lalita Tharani & Mujib Ahmed

Lalita Tharani & Mujib Ahmed Collaborative Architecture The biggest challenge was to come up with a credible ‘prototype’, which has a formidable architectural narrative, contributes to new ways of looking at space generation in general and… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may [&hellip

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Manuelle Gautrand

Manuelle Gautrand

Manuelle Gautrand Manuelle Gautrand Architecture The most difficult issue was to go beyond the constraints and the complexity of the site. In spite of the site and its narrowness, the project had to express deeply the spirit of this brand… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most [&hellip

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Peter Marino

Peter Marino Peter Marino Architect The flow of the boutique and the layout of the merchandise here is less formal and less traditional than the style typically found at other Chanel boutiques. The feeling is a bit more casual… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected [&hellip

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Mehrdad Yazdani

Mehrdad Yazdani

Mehrdad Yazdani Yazdani Studio Infrastructure projects like this invariably involve a multitude of different agencies – often with conflicting interests. It’s important (and often challenging) to consider all sides while… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought in your [&hellip

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Ross Wimer

Ross Wimer

Ross Wimer SOM The design for the Tanggu Rail Hub accommodates many complex challenges. The program includes a high-speed rail station, three subway stations, a bus station and a large taxi staging area, all of which reside beneath a large public park. This is a new type of building… What was the most difficult issue [&hellip

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Eric Owen Moss

Eric Owen Moss

Eric Owen Moss Eric Owen Moss Architects We’ve done a number of unusual projects in the area and you could argue that it is the making or the remaking of a piece of the city in that central Los Angeles and Culver City area. We made an iconic event which actually celebrates and brings… The [&hellip

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Simon Summers

Simon Summers

Simon Summers Aedas Prior to our appointment on Dubai Metro, Aedas had designed more than 100 rail stations globally. With the experienced gained on these earlier projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, India and the UK we were already very familiar with… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the [&hellip

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Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid Karim Rashid I started this project over 6 years ago. Now I would have designed the project totally differently as the design/manufacturing world has changed so much. Previously… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought in your [&hellip

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Rein Jansma, Reinald Top and Rob Torsing

Rein Jansma, Reinald Top and Rob Torsing

Rein Jansma, Reinald Top and Rob Torsing Zwarts & Jansma Architects The most common building type for a highline train tube and station exists of two pieces: the main structure that actually carries the construction and the roof that’s added… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most [&hellip

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Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens Grimshaw Architects Without doubt the most difficult issue working within this building type is that of executing a design that contends with and resolves the matter of building within an operating rail corridor. This project provided the unique challenges of designing and constructing… What was the most difficult issue about working within this [&hellip

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Mark Rios, Frank Clementi, Julie Smith-Clementi and Robert Hale

Mark Rios, Frank Clementi, Julie Smith-Clementi and Robert Hale

Mark Rios, Frank Clementi, Julie Smith-Clementi and Robert Hale Rios Clementi Hale Studios This project presented two significant challenges, one dealing with access and the other with existing infrastructure. The first challenge was finding a solution to the many entries and passageways… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or [&hellip

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Adam Hatvani

Adam Hatvani

Adam Hatvani sporaarchitects In the last thirty years there hasn’t been such an ambitious development regarding the transport in Budapest as the metro4. The idea, trace and previous plans for the metro4 were made in the 80’s and 90’s, with stations reflecting… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or [&hellip

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Arnold Lee

Arnold Lee

Arnold Lee HOK Planning for future connectivity and designing for flexibility is our greatest challenge. There are currently no precedents for these types of rail stations in the United– our current traditional rail stations need to be re-imagined… What was the most difficult issue about working within this building type or the most unexpected challenge [&hellip

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